Atlanta Hawks: Kris Dunn to miss the start of the season

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Atlanta Hawks fans won’t get to see Kris Dunn in action at the start of the season

One of the least talked about additions to the Atlanta Hawks roster this offseason was the signing of former Chicago Bulls point guard Kris Dunn. While Dunn isn’t the flashiest of NBA payers, what he does bring to the table for Atlanta is a dog mentality on defense, something that Chicago already misses and that Atlanta has quite frankly never had. Dunn comes to Atlanta on a 2-year, $10 million dollar deal which most would consider a steal given how bad the Hawks were on defense last season.

As excited as Hawks fans should be to see Dunn on the floor, they won’t get a chance to do it until after the season opener.

Kris Dunn has been working his way back from a right knee injury but the Hawks hope to have him back sooner than later. With a re-evaluation date of December 28th Dunn will miss opening night as well as the chance to face his former squad, the Chicago Bulls, on December 23rd.

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The Atlanta Hawks point guard rotation is still in question

With Dunn missing the start of the season, Atlanta Hawks fans still don’t know what the point guard rotation will look like outside of the obvious starter and franchise PG Trae Young.

The Atlanta Hawks also snagged two-time NBA champion, Rajon Rondo, in the offseason on a 2-year, $15 million deal. While Rondo was undoubtedly brought in to provide mentorship for Trae Young and veteran experience for the Hawks’ hopeful playoff push, the PG rotation during the regular season still remains to be seen. Rondo has been known to disappear in the regular season and this year’s shortened 72-game schedule will put a premium on the new Hawks roster gelling more quickly.

The Hawks also drafted LSU point guard Skylar Mays a little over a month ago and still have Brandon Goodwin on the roster. While depth is a major advantage at the point guard spot, Hawks fans will want to know how Lloyd Pierce plans to move his pieces around the chessboard.

Kris Dunn missing the start of the season will delay this for a few more weeks.

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